While I’m well out of my synth programming comfort zone by the time we get to modular synths, that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in the technology though and I reviewed an excellent new modular synth app – Ops from developer Jonathan Mackenzie – just a few weeks ago here on the blog. I was very impressed…..
The App Store blurb indicated Ops is ‘designed to make it easy to create and explore sound interactively with a touch screen’ and, while that doesn’t guaranteed that even a synth-o-phoebe like me will cope, it does suggest that Jonathan is trying to make synth design as accessible as he can.
As might be expected with any new app, there are some initial tweaks required as an active user base takes the software places it might not have gone in in-house testing (!). Jonathan has, therefore, been quick off the mark with some minor tweaks and a further update – v.1.0.2 – arrived on the App Store yesterday. This adds a named virtual MIDI port to the app that should improve connectivity between Ops and other iOS music apps. An issue caused by plugging/unplugging headphones on an iPhone has also been resolved.
It’s great to see this attention to detail…. but having exchanged a few emails with Jonathan, I’m also aware that he has development plans for the app. Here’s hoping he gets the support – through sales – that the app deserves so he can keep the development work progressing….
OK, so modular synths are not for everyone but, if you are a die-hard synth head, DIY synth building in software can be an addictive habit. If that sounds like you, Ops is a universal app, requires iOS10.0 or later and is a 92MB download. The app is priced at UK£9.99/US$9.99. MIDI in is supported, both for note and controller data, if you want to control your synth designs via external hardware. Audiobus and IAA support are also provided.
Check out the original full Ops review, watch the demo videos embedded below and then hit the download button to find out more….